Bauhaus in the Archives

2019 marks the centenary anniversary of the Bauhaus school of art and design, established first in Weimar, Germany 1919-1933. The University of Melbourne Archives has recently updated the finding aid to the collection of Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, one of the early artists of the Bauhaus movement. After being deported to Melbourne as an enemy alien and interned in camps in Victoria, Hirschfeld-Mack held the position of art master at Geelong Grammar School and later taught at the University of Melbourne and at Kew Kindergarten College.

Hirschfeld-Mack was a proponent of using Bauhaus principles of form, colour, and economy of materials to inspire social change through art. The collection houses material relating to his career both in Europe and Australia, technical details for his colour light play apparatus, photographs of his work, and that of his students, as well as material for his 1963 publication The Bauhaus: An Introductory Survey.

Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack and two students, Art School, Geelong Grammar School, c.1950. University of Melbourne Archives

Image: Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack and two students, Art School, Geelong Grammar School, c.1950. University of Melbourne Archives